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Written by Martin Craig, Consumer magazine, 6 July 2005   
Monday, 08 December 2008

Some areas that have experienced coastal erosion in recent years

What's the problem?

Coastal property prices have been booming in the past five years. But while prices have been going through the roof in some places, the sea has been coming through the back door in others.

Homes have been damaged this year at Punakaiki on the West Coast and Haumoana in Hawke's Bay. Other areas affected in the past include Canterbury, the Kapiti Coast, Raglan, Oakura, Castlepoint, parts of Coromandel Peninsula, and Omaha north of Auckland. Most coastal regions have experienced some erosion in living memory. The map shows some of the places that have been affected by coastal erosion in recent years.

Coastal specialists believe erosion will increase in coming years as sea levels continue to rise. But prices for low-lying coastal and beach-front property continue to increase. One example is the controversial proposal to subdivide the Ngunguru Spit east of Whangarei. This 115ha sand spit on a river mouth is worth an estimated $38 million.

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